Located in Torino, Casa Jasmina is a first of its kind smart apartment.
Several months after its announcement at Maker Faire Rome, the (presumably smart) doors of Casa Jasmina have officially been opened. A collaborative effort between Massimo Banzi and futurist Bruce Sterling, along with some support from Arduino, the smart apartment is a first of its kind in combining Italian contemporary interior and furniture design with an array of open source electronics, many of which built around Atmel microcontrollers.
Unlike other so-called “homes of the future,” this Arduino-powered space — which takes its name from Sterling’s wife Jasmina Tešanović — will be more than a livable showcase. In fact, it will serve as a hybridized IoT research lab as it monitors its inhabitants’ responses to the ambient elements inside and will soon become a publicly available, short-term rental property on Airbnb.
The June 6th opening of Casa Jasmina coincided with the second annual Torino Mini Maker Faire, featuring a number of public areas, discussions, appearances, and impressively, an exhibit area with over 50 Maker projects. Among those on display included Jesse Howard, Aker, Opendesk, and Open Structure. Aside from the initial batch of IoT creations, the abode boasted several electrical products from the Energy@Home consortium, Internet of Things artwork from the Torino Share Festival, and the first wave of prototypes from Casa Jasmina’s ‘Call for Projects.’
Among the ambient objects found throughout the living quarters are a wireless lamp designed out of Tetra Pak packaging, an LED lamp made from a milk carton and an Arduino Leonardo (ATmega32U4)-driven piece of artwork that emits different patterns of colored lights in response to fluctuations in background radioactivity.
With several industry heavyweights and dedicated communities surrounding the project, Casa Jasmina will certainly continue to attract some interesting innovations, guests and intelligent things to populate the apartment. Looking ahead, it will even play home to various residencies, talks and workshops.
Italy couldn’t have been a better home to the world’s first connected, open source apartment. According to a new report, the European nation’s Internet of Things market is expected to reach €1.55 billion ($1.75B) this year, with smart home products leading the way. Not only did one in four respondents already admit to having an intelligent object in their house, nearly half (46%) say they are willing to purchase an Internet-enabled gadget or service in the near future.
“Most Maker objects today have been for the laboratory, or they have been for the university, or they have been for design school. They haven’t really been made for a domestic purpose. They aren’t for family, they aren’t for young children, they’re not for the elderly, for the cat, for the dog, for the houseplant. They are mostly there for the geek who is buying the hardware and is in command of the user base. I think its time for the Maker scene to expand out of its limits and try to talk to a wider demographic,” Sterling revealed in a recent interview.
Casa Jasmina welcomed its first guests on June 6, 2015 and will run for two years. Want to follow along with the initiative’s progress? Head over to its official page here.